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Stimson Receives Energy Efficiency Award

PLANT MANAGER TOBY STANLEY AND ELECTRICIAN SPENCER HULL of Stimson Lumber’s Clatskanie mill were presented with the first place Governor’s Award for Leadership in Energy Performance at an Oregon Department of Energy (ODE) ceremony at the state capitol on Monday, Nov. 26.

Stanley stressed, “All the credit goes to Spencer.”

The awards cites energy savings exceeding 1.2 million kilowatt hours for a 16 percent reduction from usage two years ago. The ODE examined nominations from a wide variety of industries and utilities including municipal wastewater plants, shipping container refurbishers, food processing plants and rail car manufacturers.

Hull explained that many small projects have contributed to the reduction of energy waste which resulted in the savings. Most of the first year savings were awareness-based, showing employees where they could save electricity, and implementing some process changes. The mill’s forced air system was a major area of improvement.

In the second year, system improvements including more efficient motors, variable frequency drives, computer controls and lighting retrofits were added.

Hull noted that the energy waste awareness program garnered a nomination for the Governor’s Leadership by Example award last year.

Additional motor replacements and compressor upgrades are planned along with retrofitting more lighting, which has been replaced in small batches to avoid plant shutdowns.

Stanley stated that the mill will, “stay in a continuous improvement mode.”

Hull thanked the staff of the Clatskanie People’s Utility District (CPUD) for their assistance, saying, “Without their support and brains behind it, the project wouldn’t have become what it is.”

Hull has been invited to showcase the project at the Northwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit on Jan. 16 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Other Changes at Stimson

Stanley has instituted several other changes to maintain the profitability of the mill in a time of declining markets.

The mill specializes in large timbers, buying many logs too large for other mills to handle. Stanley explained that Stimson’s Clatskanie mill can cut timbers up to 24 by 24 inches and 40 feet long. “We live and die on specialty markets.” he said. To improve wood recovery they also cut smaller lumber.

Market declines forced the mill to cut staffing to one shift in 2009. Stanley said that prior to that time the main saw ran 80 hours per week and the planer ran 40 hours. With the reduction in force, the saw time was reduced to 40 hours. Recent changes include cross training the planer crew which can now run the saw, upping production time to 54 hours per week with the same personnel.

This keeps everybody working and keeps the mill profitable and open. Stanley and Hull agreed that most employees are proficient in at least three jobs.

Stanley also noted that the efficiencies implemented during the past couple of years allow the mill to focus on the more profitable markets, buying large logs many others can’t process and selling timbers most other mills can’t produce. Chief Photo by Adam J. Wehrley

Morrow Pacific Coal Project Topic of Public Meeting Dec. 5 at CMHS 

A public hearing on the proposed Ambre Energy Morrow Pacific coal export project is set for Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Clatskanie Middle/High School auditorium.

The meeting is being hosted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) along with meetings on Dec. 4 in Boardman, and Dec. 6 in Portland.

The DEQ is conducting the informational meetings to answer questions and receive comments about DEQ permit applications for Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific project, which would see up to 8.8 million tons of coal per year being brought to the Port of Morrow in Boardman in eastern Oregon by train from Wyoming or Montana.

Coal export opponents, led by Columbia Riverkeepers, have indicated that they will be in attendance in large numbers at the meeting.

Under the proposal, the coal would be stored in covered storage buildings at the Port of Morrow and would then be loaded onto covered barges which would bring it to the Port of St. Helens-owned dock at the Port Westward industrial park near Clatskanie. There it would be transloaded onto ships and exported to various Pacific Rim countries.

Since the system at Port Westward is fully-enclosed, no DEQ permits are required for the Clatskanie end of the proposed project. DEQ is requiring a series of permits for the Port of Morrow operation.

According to the DEQ, “the estimated air emissions from proposed coal storage and transfer facility at the Port of Morrow are low due to the emission controls the company proposes to use. However, DEQ will require a permit to ensure that the company implements and maintains the proposed emission controls.”

The DEQ is also requiring permits to manage stormwater during and after the construction phase at the Port of Morrow.

The Ambre Energy/Morrow Pacific project is one of two coal export facilities that have been proposed for Port Westward. The other, the Kinder Morgan facility, would see coal brought to Port Westward by train.

In addition to the DEQ permit, the Ambre Energy/Morrow Pacific project is also going through a removal/fill permit process with the Ore-gon Department of State Lands, and another permit process with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A spokesman for the project said that agreements are in place with the building trade councils at the Port of Morrow in regard to the construction of the project.

Ambre Energy also has agreements with the Portland-based Gunderson and Vigor companies to construct 20 enclosed barges for a combined purchase price of over $75 million, if the project receives its permits.

The Dec. 6th DEQ meeting in Portland is set at 6 p.m. at the University of Portland’s Buckley Center Auditorium, 5000 North Willamette Boulevard.

Comments may also be sent by e-mail to fisher.mark@deq.state.or.us.

More information about the DEQ information meetings is available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/news/publicnotices/uploaded/121105_1439_PNAmbreEnergy.pdf.

Concerns About Sharing Program Voiced at Forum, School Board Meeting

by Deborah Steele Hazen

Concerns about the Clatskanie School District’s sharing program with Rainier, and  related issues, especially the earlier school bus run that began this week, were the major topics of discussion at both a community forum last Tuesday, Nov. 20, and the school board meeting Monday, Nov. 26.

About 100 concerned parents, students, school district personnel and community members attended a forum Nov. 20 in the Clatskanie Middle/High School (CMHS) auditorium.

CMHS principal Jeff Baughman called the forum for the purpose of gathering information and hearing questions, comments and feedback regarding sharing instructional services with Rainier to increase educational opportunities for students.

Reasons for Sharing Explained

Baughman began the meeting with an overview of the “sharing” that has been occurring for several years between the Clatskanie and Rainier school districts including sharing the services of a technology coordinator, allowing Clatskanie students to participate in sports at Rainier, such as soccer, swimming and golf, that aren’t offered in Clatskanie, and sharing a food services director/nutritionist as well as joint buying of food to save funds.

Both districts have been experiencing steadily declining student enrollments in recent years. That fact, combined with the depressed economy which is keeping state per student funding lower than rising personnel costs, is causing continuing financial woes for both Clatskanie and Rainier.

Last year, after years of discussion about it, the two districts began an instructional services sharing program in which Clatskanie students may take some classes at Rainier and vice versa, with the goal of expanding class options for students of both districts.

Classes that may be shared at Rainier include French 1 and 2, computer applications, psychology, advanced placement (AP) calculus, introduction to business, physics, anatomy and physiology, woods, agriculture, art, physical education/health, U.S. history, government, algebra 1, honors English 1 and 2, and geometry.

Sharing classes at Clatskanie include fire occupations, police occupations, lifetime fitness, Spanish 3, college writing, health occupations, journalism, U.S. history, environmental science, weight training, physical science, and English 4.

The staffs of the two districts are working on other potential additional electives for next year.

“We are committed to providing as many educational opportunities for students as possible,” Baughman told the crowd at the community forum.

In addition to sharing classes with Rainier, CMHS offers online programs with 103 students currently taking 180 classes. “But sitting in front of a computer isn’t as educational as being in a class with a teacher,” Baughman acknowledged.

CMHS students may also participate in dual enrollment classes with Lower Columbia College, Clatsop Community College, and Oregon Institute of Technology.

All of this is necessary, Baughman explained through a series of graphs, because dropping student enrollment, combined with state funding that doesn’t keep up with expenses, has resulted in the CMHS having fewer teachers able to offer fewer classes.

The sharing program was designed to allow students from Clatskanie and Rainier, who were interested in taking electives offered at the other school, to do so.

Currently, 22 CMHS students are being transported to Rainier for first and second period, and 25 students from Rainier – 15 from Rainier Junior/Senior High School and 10 from the North Columbia Academy alternative school – are participating in the sharing program.

However, the problems that surfaced last year with getting the students to and from the other school district in a timely manner have continued this year.

At its Oct. 25th meeting, the Clatskanie School District board adopted a directive, and at its Nov. 5th meeting the Rainier board adopted the same directive, instructing the superintendents of the two districts to work closely together to develop a unified-modified schedule which will facilitate the sharing of programs; to work with union officials to develop a plan and memorandums of understanding to allow for moving of staff between districts when appropriate, and to take other steps to solve the problems and make sharing work for the benefit of the students.

Superintendent Changes Bus Run Time

In response to the board’s directive, Superintendent Mary Mitchell announced that bus runs would be 15 minutes earlier beginning on Monday, Nov. 26. That decision was made without consultation with the school board, and the announcement was made via an automated telephone call to parents approximately two weeks before the change took effect.

The earlier bus run was implemented to get the Clatskanie students who are taking classes first period in Rainier to class on time.

“I don’t get that as a solution,” said Lynn Wiles, one of the parents speaking at last week’s forum. “There are (22) kids in class sharing, but this affects the entire district. Why are all the kids having to change for just (22) kids. I’m just flabbergasted by that solution.” Wiles’ statement, echoed by several others at the forum, was followed by loud applause from the audience.

Some pointed out that the earlier bus runs help only the kids who are taking a first period sharing class.

Mitchell replied: “I believe that every student has a right to get to school on time, and there are four times during the day that kids are late getting to school. Most of those transportation issues I can’t do anything about… At the last board meeting I heard about a straight-A student who was failing their class in Rainier because they weren’t getting there on time. That (changing the bus schedule) was something I could do to get those kids to their class on time.”

Why disrupt the entire community – over 700 students – to accommodate the 22 students who are sharing? That question was asked several times at the forum and again at the Monday, Nov. 26, school board meeting.

“Thank you all for bringing your concerns to me,” Mitchell said at Monday’s meeting, acknowledging that she realized many others in the community felt the same way. “I hear your concerns and hopefully am learning from them.”

On the positive side of the time change, Mitchell explained, “by changing the bus run, we not only are giving every kid the opportunity to get to class on time,” but both kindergarten sessions at Clatskanie Elementary School (CES) are now the same length. Because of the system that the CES staff developed on short notice to deal with the earlier bus run, CES is now officially starting class at 7:55 a.m. rather than 8:10 a.m., giving 15 minutes more per day – 75 minutes more per week – of instruction time.

While CMHS has maintained the same start time, the students have more time before school to meet with teachers.

Several parents and other interested community members, speaking both at the forum and the school board meeting, suggested that the time change should have been made at the beginning of the school year, or perhaps after winter vacation, not with two weeks notice in the middle of November.

Chris Boothe, one of the parents speaking at Monday’s board meeting expressed the frustration felt by many “with the mandates about tardies, quick fixes, knee jerk reactions, holding the forum after the fact. All this early morning bussing solves one-third of your problem. You didn’t fully look at how it affects everyone. This is a problem and we need to do better, because this isn’t our best.”

“I understand your frustrations with the time change and about the way it was implemented,” said school board chair Megan Evenson at Monday’s meeting. “That’s not lost on us, and we’re going to be looking into the way this was implemented.”

The question was asked at both the forum and the school board meeting whether all alternatives for getting students to sharing classes on time had been explored, including running a morning bus specifically for those students going to Rainier for classes.

Clatskanie students may take classes in Rainier during first and second period, while Rainier students may come to Clatskanie for sharing during third and fourth period.

Evenson and school board members Monty Akin and Michael Moravec emphasized that they understood that “communication is something we really need to take a serious look at.” They encouraged members of the public to contact school board members with their concerns.

Other Pros and Cons of Sharing

Speaking at last week’s forum, CMHS senior Christmas Fou aid she had shared classes in Rainier last year. “I really liked the opportunities,” she said. But, “I had difficulties keeping up,” because of arriving late for class. This year, Fou said, she decided not to take classes in Rainier because the class schedules conflicted with courses she wanted to take in Clatskanie.

A parent of three children going to Clatskanie schools, who is also a staff member at Rainier, said she felt that many of the problems would be solved by a thorough synchronization of schedules and calendars between the two districts. “Sharing is crucial to keeping credibility in both districts,” she emphasized. “We have students in both districts who need to have these credits. When I first moved here, there weren’t enough advanced classes. I think sharing is a good thing, but I also see the kinks.”

CES teacher Sarah Thorud, “speaking as a mom” said, “we’re philosophically in favor of increased opportunities for kids. We had nothing against sending our son to Rainier to take classes… but logistically, it just didn’t work out for us. I know that scheduling is very tricky, but if we’re going down this road there has to be more alignment. I’m not opposed to it, it just hasn’t worked for us.”

Former Clatskanie school board member Stuart Haas noted that “when the subject of sharing was first broached years ago it never got off the ground. Last year you got it off the ground. There’s always going to be some glitches. I think we’re still in the learning curve.”

Others, however, expressed doubts about whether the logistical problems with sharing could ever be solved, and urged substituting on-line learning opportunities, live computer-aided conferencing of classes from one district to another, and “creative” uses of staff time.

They expressed opposition to forcing students to take sharing classes. When registration for the sharing classes dropped to single digits just before school started this year, administrators and counselors called students encouraging them to sign-up for the program.

“We had to do what we had to do because I was told to do so,” Baughman said. “Hopefully we can create a situation where kids will choose to go.”

Several speaking at last week’s forum expressed the fear that sharing classes with Rainier was part of a hidden agenda to force consolidation of the two districts.

No Consolidation

“Is the ultimate goal to combine school districts?” asked Tim Warren. “Because that’s what I’ve been hearing.” It was the first question asked after Baughman’s introductory comments at the forum.

While the forum was planned by Baughman and was not a school board-sponsored event, board chair Megan Evenson rose to answer that question.

“For myself and the rest of the board, that is not what is happening in our district or in Rainier’s district. The goal of sharing is to prevent consolidation. It could happen that the state might force consolidation at some point to save resources,” Evenson said.

She expressed frustration with all the rumors she had seen spread on facebook. “It doesn’t matter what I say, you won’t believe us. But watch. That is not what we’re aiming to do. We’re dedicated to maintaining the autonomy of both districts. I hope you can trust us to do the job we’ve been elected to do.”

In response to a rumor that Clatskanie superintendent Mary Mitchell was being replaced with Rainier superintendent Michael Carter, Mitchell replied. “If I’m leaving that’s new information for me… and it’s also news to Michael Carter. We were shocked when we heard that!”

Carter then walked to the microphone to say: “I love Rainier, and I love Clatskanie. I’ve had offers to move elsewhere and I’ve turned then down. But I do not want these two districts to be united. Even if you offered me twice the amount of money and the job, I wouldn’t take it.”

Carter spoke about his own experiences as a high school student being bussed for an hour in order to take college preparatory classes and become “the first and only person in my whole family to go to college.”

“I love your district, but I do not want to take it over,” the Rainier superintendent emphasized. “I want to work with your district. Please don’t rely on rumors. Pick up your phone and talk to your school administrators or your board members. And, thank you very much for at least looking at things to provide opportunities for our students.”

Evenson explained that there is a committee of administrators, board and staff members from both communities who are working together “to create a framework that will make sharing work well. As school board chair – please call me or any other board member if you hear a rumor. I got zero calls this week, but read numerous rumors on facebook. We would love to respond to rumors.”

Every school board member’s contact information is listed on the school district’s website as well as in the student handbooks.

It is also listed below:

Megan Evenson, chair

74660 Conyers Crk. Rd.

Clatskanie, OR 97016

(home) 503 728-0545

megsprewitt@hotmail.com

 

Karen George, Vice-Chair

74294 Alder Grove Rd.

Clatskanie, OR 97016

(home) 503 728-2073

(cell)   503 308-2165

mikegg@frontier.com

 

Janet Willey, Vice-Chair

19771 Lumijarvi Rd.

Clatskanie, OR 97016

(home) 503 728-2041

willey@clatskanie.com

 

Monty Akin, Director

540 NE 5th St.

Clatskanie, OR 97016

(home) 503 728-4807

Makin4807@cni.net

 

Michael Moravec, Director

PO Box 1618

Clatskanie, OR 97016

(home) 503 728-3913

(cell) 503 308-2750

mjmoravec@hotmail.com

School Board Meets in Executive Session

At Monday’s school board meeting, after hearing more comments from the public and finishing a brief agenda, the school board went into executive session under the public meetings law clause “to review and evaluate the employment related performance of the superintendent.”

Following the executive session, Evenson announced that the topic of the earlier bus run would be on the agenda for the board’s Dec. 17th meeting at 6:30 p.m. in room 107 at CMHS. “We would like to discuss it (the time change) and will be monitoring the progress. Mary (Mitchell) will be looking at how it’s going.”

The Clatskanie school board meets Monday, Dec. 3 in room 107 at CMHS, in a workshop session with consultants from 4 to 8 p.m. on the topic of board responsibilities and procedures.

The Dec. 17th regular meeting will be preceded by a 5 p.m. work session on budgetary issues.

Christmas Festivities and Events Fill December

With the changing of the calendar to December this weekend comes a flurry of Christmas festivities and events scheduled in the Clatskanie and Rainier area.

As Christmas shoppers begin purchasing gifts to place under the tree, the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce encourages supporting local business with its “Spirit of Christmas” shop locally promotion which runs through Dec. 28.

“Spirit” cards are available at participating local businesses. For each $10 spent in a participating business, store personnel will mark a box. Transactions at financial institutions and the Clatskanie People’s Utility District (PUD) are equal to one box.

When all 30 boxes are filled, the completed “Spirit” cards may be turned in at the Clatskanie PUD headquarters no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.

A drawing for first, second and third prizes of $100, $50 and $30 in Clatskanie Chamber Checks, which can be used as gift certificates at Chamber businesses, as well as other gifts, will be held on Monday, Dec. 31. (See the ad on page 2 for the list of participating businesses.)

Toy ‘n Joy Breakfast 

Rainier United Methodist Church’s annual Toy ‘n Joy breakfast will be held this Saturday, Dec. 1, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the church located on the corner of 1st and C streets in Rainier.

Donations will benefit Rainier’s Toy ‘n Joy program.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat buttermilk or blueberry pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, applesauce, orange juice and coffee.

A bake and craft sale, including a white elephant table, is planned. Proceeds will benefit church mission projects.

Rainier Christmas Bazaar on Saturday

A Rainier community Christmas bazaar is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Riverside Community Church, 305 West C Street in Rainier.

In addition to a variety of handcrafted items and gifts, there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase. Bounce houses are planned for the children, said an event organizer.

For more information contact Terry Deaton at 503 369-2245.

Tree Lighting, Santa and Caroling at Rainier City Hall

A tree lighting ceremony accompanied with a visit from Santa will be held in front of Rainier city hall on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m.

Festivities will resume on Saturday, Dec. 8, with caroling at 5 p.m. and another appearance from Santa.

Events are sponsored by the Rainier Chamber of Commerce.

Candlelight Memorial Service Set Sunday

Families are invited to join together to remember Christmases past and the loved ones who have shared them in the annual Candlelight Memorial Service, sponsored by Groulx Family Mortuary, on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Alston’s Corner Assembly of God Church.

The service will include local ministers of various faiths, special music, a candlelighting ceremony, trees decorated with ornaments featuring loved ones’ names, a Power Point presentation and refreshments.

Names of deceased loved ones may be submitted by local residents to be included on Christmas ornaments. This year’s ornament theme is “the wings of an angel.” The memorial ornaments are free of charge and will adorn lighted trees in the sanctuary.

Names for ornaments must be received by Friday, Nov. 30. Submissions may be made by calling Groulx Family Mortuary at 503 556-2323 or e-mailing groulxfm@qwestoffice.net.

Turning Point Christmas Giving

Turning Point Community Services Center’s annual project to provide low-income families in the Clatskanie area with Christmas dinner baskets and gifts for their children is in full swing.

Tags listing a child’s age and gift request are available at Turning Point, as well as U.S. Bank, Sterling Bank, Wauna Federal Credit Union, Clatskanie PUD and Hi-School Pharmacy.

Those who wish to purchase a gift for a child may request a tag or select from ones displayed on Christmas “giving trees.” Return the gift along with the tag by Monday, Dec. 17, to Turning Point or Clatskanie PUD.

Turning Point is also seeking donations of food to fill holiday food baskets. The one item Turning Point is having trouble obtaining this year is the traditional turkey, according to a Turning Point spokesperson.

In addition, Turning Point reports that the average cost of providing a family holiday basket has risen in the last few years to $65.

Those who wish to make food or monetary donations may contact Turning Point, located at 220 E. Columbia River Highway, or call 503 728-3126. Financial donations may be mailed to Turning Point, P.O. Box 773, Clatskanie, OR 97016.

Applications are now being accepted through Dec. 12 for holiday dinner baskets and gifts. Families must reside within the 97016 zip code area.

Boy Scout Food Drives in Clatskanie, Rainier

Clatskanie and Rainier boy scouts will participate in “Scouting for Food Day” on Saturday, Dec. 1, collecting food donations for local food banks.

Clatskanie Boy Scout Troop 241, along with Cub Scout Pack 241 and Clatskanie girl scouts will go door-to-door collecting canned food from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Dec. 1 to support Turning Point.

As part of the food drive, cub scouts will have a table in front of Hi-School Pharmacy in Clatskanie to collect donations of food from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Rainier Boy Scout Troop 332 will be “scouting for food” in downtown Rainier Saturday, Dec. 1, to benefit H.O.P.E., Rainier’s community food bank.

Scouts will begin collecting donations at 9 a.m. Those who wish to contribute are asked to leave a bag of food on their porch for scouts to pick up. If donations are not picked up by 1 p.m., residents are asked to call H.O.P.E. to arrange pickup.

CC Rider Food Drive

Donations of non-perishable food can be made to Columbia County Rider drivers for the Columbia Pacific Food Bank, or may be dropped off at the transit center at 1155 Deer Island Road in St. Helens.

Suggested canned food items are corn, green beans, mixed vegetables, soups, chili, and beans such as lima and great northern. Boxed foods include macaroni, and scalloped and au gratin potatoes.

Kiwanis Gala

“A Caribbean Holiday” is the theme of the Clatskanie Kiwanis 13th annual gala and auction to be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Clatskanie Middle/High School commons, 471 SW BelAir Drive.

The evening will begin with a silent auction at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by an oral auction.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Sterling Bank or from Kiwanis members.

Some of the items to be auctioned include a vacation getaway to Winthrop, Wash. donated by Kynsi Construction, a motorized scooter donated by Sporty’s Inc., a Traeger pellet barbecue grill donated by Hazen Hardware and Colvin’s Pub and Grill, a vase donated by Sky Dancer’s Porcelain Art, a painting party for four at Broderick Gallery, a teeth whitening session donated by Tyack Dental Group, Trail Blazer and Winterhawks tickets, jewelry, quilts, handcrafted items, golf packages and a wide variety of gift certificates.

Clatskanie American Legion/Auxiliary Christmas Dinner

Clatskanie American Legion Louis Larsen Post 68 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 68 will hold their annual Christmas potluck dinner on Monday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m.

CES Christmas Programs

Clatskanie Elementary School (CES) kindergarten students will present a Christmas program on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Programs will be held featuring the morning kindergarten students at 10:30 a.m., and the afternoon students at 2:30 p.m.

The Christmas program for first through sixth grade CES students will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m.

The program will be presented using the format of an old-fashioned radio show, said a CES spokesperson.

Victorian Evening at the Castle

An “Elegant Victorian Evening at the Castle” featuring a five-course meal and wine bar will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at the Flippin Castle National Historic Site which serves as the Clatskanie Senior Center.

The evening will begin with a no-host wine bar at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.

An additional dinner has been added this year due to the early sell-out of last year’s premier, said Bes Savage who is organizing the event.

Dinner will begin with a spinach salad with pears and toasted walnuts, smokey tomato basil soup and fresh sorbet. The main course is pork medallions with winter apple cider sauce served with chive duchess potatoes and lemon butter asparagus, followed by old-fashioned yule logs.

Tickets are $30 and available for purchase at the Castle, 620 SW Tichenor Street.

For more information call the Castle at 503 728-3608 or e-mail castle@clatskanie.com.

Donut Day Fundraiser

Clatskanie police will hold their annual Donut Day fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 15, selling Krispy Kreme donuts in front of Safeway in Clatskanie, beginning at 7 a.m. until sold out.

Proceeds will benefit Turning Point communitiy food bank.

Santa Visits Clatskanie

Santa Claus will visit Clatskanie on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the banquet room of Colvin’s Pub and Grill, 123 N. Nehalem Street.

Children are invited to come and tell their Christmas wishes to Santa. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.

The event is presented in cooperation with the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce.

CMHS Winter Concert

The Clatskanie Middle/High School (CMHS) winter concert is scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Donavon Wooley Performing Arts Center at CMHS, located at 471 SW BelAir Drive.

Christmas Religious Services and Programs

Rainier Assembly of God Church will present its children’s Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. The church, located at 74950 Rockcrest Street in Rainier, will host a family Christmas gathering titled “Night Divine” on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church in Clatskanie has scheduled a series of Advent services, beginning Wednesday evening, Dec. 5, and continuing each Wednesday until Christmas at the church, 1010 NE 5th Street. Services will begin with a soup supper at 6 p.m., followed by observances at 7 p.m.

Members of Faith Lutheran will be caroling at The Amber assisted living facility in Clatskanie on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 12 noon.

Faith Lutheran’s Christmas program will be held during the Sunday morning service Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve services are set Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Clatskanie and Rainier Methodist churches are starting a Christmas-themed Bible study called “The Journey,” which will be held weekly through December.

In Clatskanie, Bible study sessions are set on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and continue through Dec. 26. Clatskanie United Methodist Church is located at 290 S. Nehalem Street.

Rainier United Methodist Church, 101 East C Street, will hold Bible studies on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. and running through Dec. 27.

Those interested in attending the studies are asked to call 503 556-3440 to arrange for Bible study materials.

Christmas Eve services are scheduled Dec. 24 at the Methodist churches in Clatskanie at 5 p.m., and in Rainier at 7 p.m.

Community Christmas Dinner Dec. 25

Clatskanie Baptist Church will serve Christmas dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 25, in the church fellowship hall from 1 to 3 p.m.

The church invites “anyone that needs a place to go on Christmas.” The dinner is offered free of charge.

Clatskanie Baptist is located at 415 S. Nehalem Street. Those who would like more information may call the church office at 503 728-2304.

Port of St. Helens Commission Meets in Clatskanie Wednesday

A meeting of the Port of St. Helens commissioners was set for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m., at the Clatskanie River Inn, 600 E. Columbia River Highway in Clatskanie.

The public was invited to attend.

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